I hope this message finds you well... I have created this GFM campaign on behalf of my 7 year old nephew, Brockton Lehman. Brock has endured more in his short 7 years than any of us should in a lifetime. He has a very unreliable father and my sister has done an incredible job wearing both the mom and the dad hat interchangeably. His father's parents have been insturmental in supporting Brock over the years and spending time with him in his father's absense, but that has unfortunately changed.
Last week, Brock's dad did the unthinkable... he stole the two people who stepped in when his father wouldn't... he murdered his own parents. You may have read about this in the paper, via various social media outlets, or seen it on the news... the Eden Prairie, MN couple, murdered by their own son in the middle of the night on May 25th of this year... they were Brock's grandparents... That was Brock's dad.
It has to be said that my sister did not erroneously get pregnant by a maniac... he was not the monster he has devolved into when they were in a relationship. It wasn't until 2012... when he bagan to indulge in the use of methamphetamine that he changed... Brock was 2 at that time.
My sister, Jamie (Pictured with Brock), has never recieved any type of financial support from Brock's dad. She also makes too much money to qualify for any type of assistance. Ideally, Brock would participate in some sort of summer kids program where he can exercise his imagination with other kids, remain active, and keep him distracted from the chaos and sadness he is burdened with as a result of his dad's actions. Unfortunately, Jamie cannot reasonably afford to send him anywhere this summer without help. If I had the financial resources to send him, I would, but as it stands, I do not. As a community, however, we could all contribute a little financial support to get this kid out of the house for the summer. The alternative is him spending his summer home with our mom... with no other kids to play with... with little to keep him active and distracted. My mom is great, but she can't offer him the same excitement a summer kids program can.
Furthermore, we have considered Big Brothers of America, but it's an anticipated 3-4 year wait and he can't even be placed until he's 8 years old. I am reaching out to you to see if you have any recommendations for or know anybody who would be reliable and willing to mentor my nephew. Someone who could commit to spending time with Brock 2-4 times per month, doing guy stuff, for a few hours per visit. He loves to play baseball, go fishing, shoot bee bee guns (with appropriate safety gear, of course), ride bikes, swim, eat ice cream, go berry picking, go on 4-wheeler rides, he loves nature and nature walks, playing video games, etc... he also has a desire to learn more about football, but hasn't got anybody to really take the time to teach him. normal boy things. If not, that's ok. I just thought it was worth asking.
One more thing... in the event, your generosity exceeds the goal, those additional funds will be used on Brock for other activities throughout the summer... things like going to Valley Fair, Bunker Beach, camping, etc... activities that will provide quality time experiences for Brock and his Mom.
Thank you for your time,
- Brad Wenzel
- Kelly Doyle
- Brittany Knoblauch
- Miranda Roseland
- Sandy Hacker
Organizer and beneficiary